OKC Thunder Graffiti
After I posted the picture of the Thunder Up graffiti in the graffiti permission zone in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley, I received a few emails asking me the exact location of the site.
Here is a satellite image of the location, which is an alley just east of Broadway Avenue and just north of NW 10th Street. If you use Google Maps make sure you use the Zip Code “73102” or you might end up on Broadway Avenue in Moore, Oklahoma.
Lately, the zone has been invaded by soccer moms. Probably ballet and horse moms, too. I considered taking credit or blame (?) for their visits as I’ve been blogging about the zone for nearly a year, but I decided the graff writers are responsible. They’re the ones who created something that had broad appeal.
This is the exact point I was making back in March when I wrote this:
“And, this is exactly what I think about graffiti. Eventually, part of the counterculture and anti-establishment will be woven into the urban landscape through permission zones that will become tourist attractions. Local and state officials and community organizers will begin to recognize the mass market appeal of graffiti, especially street art, and long held-prejudices will subside as festivals and exhibits that celebrate the art form demonstrate ROI. This isn’t just something I drummed up in my head. It’s already happened all across Europe and beyond.”
I’m going to avoid mentioning how the only people who quote bloggers are bloggers and then the only bloggers they quote are themselves. Ha-ha!
Graffiti Zone: Jarritos, Tree and Leaf, Chemtrails
So, the other day, I stopped by to photograph a Jarritos for a little project, and for the second time I saw soccer moms. Their kids were decked out in Thunderwear and a photographer was taking their picture against the Thunder Up! graffiti.
Maybe the graffiti zone should start charging admission.
Here is some graffiti I photographed in the area in late June.
I’m thinking with the creepy skull and devil graffiti, it’s probably a good idea if they just go ahead and leave this Jesus graffiti up for awhile. You know what would be cool? Graffiti of the 12 Disciples. Maybe add Paul, The Apostle, for good measure or John eating locust and honey.
…You and me watching
Chemtrails is where we belong
That’s what I mean when we talk in this jetstream
We’re climbing a hole in the sky.
I love all the textures and materials here: brick, faded paint, bright paint, pipes, rust, bars, windows, metal, wires. Definitely your typical urban American alley.
Have you seen any interesting graffiti or street art this week?